Environments and Counter Environments. “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape,” MoMA 1972 Exhibition

© Superstudio, Microevent/Microenvironment, 1972. Photograph by Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, courtesy of Emilio Ambasz.

The Graham Foundation recently announced their upcoming exhibition, Environments and Counter Environments. “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape,” MoMA 1972, which opens to the public on September 18th with a short talk by curators Peter Lang, Luca Molinari, and Mark Wasiuta followed by a reception. This exhibition highlights the lasting significance of MoMA’s groundbreaking 1972 exhibition, Italy: The New Domestic Landscape. Presented for the first time in the United States outside of New , the Graham Foundation’s iteration of Environments and Counter Environments highlights both the dynamic context of radical Italian design and architecture in the 1970s, as well as the innovative exhibition that first presented this work in America. The exhibition will be on view until December 14th. More information provided by The Graham Foundation after the break.

‘Conflict and Convergence: Urban informality in Latin America’ Symposium

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Presented by the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the ’Conflict and Convergence: Urban Informality in Latin America‘ Symposium aims to explore how recent experiences in such as Medellín, Bogotá, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, among others, can serve as examples for multidisciplinary models to urban and social revitalization in other parts of the world. Taking place October 4th at 5:00pm until October 5th at 10:00am, the event will bring together participants representing a wide spectrum of disciplines and seeks to generate a conversation between professionals and academics to analyze the goals, methods, achievements and opportunities in Latin America. For more information, please visit here.

‘Balance Through Buoyancy’ Floatastic Pavilion / QASTIC Lab

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Designed and constructed by QASTIC Lab, ‘Balance Through Buoyancy’ is a temporary researchpavilion called “Floatastic” which was designed and built for a private client to serve as a shade pavilion for a wedding ceremony. Situated in Edgerton , in Connecticut (an Olmsted planned landscape), this deployable structure aims to create a floated shelter which avoids imposing any loads to the ground, which traditional structures require. Instead, it proposes a well-fabricated balloon, which is filled with Helium to raise the imposed loads of fabric veils and any possible dynamic environmental loads toward the sky. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Marina Abramović Secures Funding for OMA-Designed Art Institute in New York

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New -based, Serbian-born performance artist Marina Abramović has successfully secured funding via Kickstarter for phase one of an interdisciplinary performance and education center in Hudson, New York. The project, known as the Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art (MAI), aims to be the first crowdfunded cultural institution ever to be built as well as the only international arts center dedicated to presentation and preservation of long-durational work. With the help of Abramović’s “global community of collaborators,” OMA will now move forward with the project’s design development process. More information on the MAI’s design can be found here.

Sandhill / Max Pritchard Architect

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Architects: Max Pritchard Architect
Location: , MS, USA
Builder: Holdfast Constructions
Area: 185 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Sam Noonan

Echoviren / Smith | Allen

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Architects: Smith | Allen
Location: , California, United States
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Smith | Allen

Rammed Earth Modern / Kendle Design

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Architects: Kendle Design
Location: Paradise Valley, Arizona,
Architect In Charge: Brent Kendle
General Contractor: Mackos Architecture and Construction
Area: 4,700 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Winquist Photography

Deborah Berke to Redesign Landmarked Richardson Olmsted Complex in Buffalo

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the Richardson Olsmted Complex, a National Historic Landmark that is widely considered to be one of Buffalo‘s most important and beautiful buildings, will be rehabilitated and reused as a hospitality venue and cultural amenity for the city. The design team, including New -based Deborah Berke of Deborah Berke Partners and Buffalo-based Peter Flynn of Flynn Battaglia Architects, have high hopes of transforming the 19th-century, unused building into a “thoroughly modern travel and cultural experience” while maintaining a deep respect for its long history.

Parrish Art Museum / Herzog & de Meuron by Paul Clemence

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The Herzog & de Meuron designed Parrish Art Museum in Long Island, NY is captured here by brazilian photographer Paul Clemence from Facebook.com/Archi-Photo. This photo gallery very elegantly emphasizes the building’s delicate placement on the landscape as well as its natural surrounding beauty of which the architects took their inspiration. Clemence also captures the project’s moment of outdoor shelter that surrounds the building to  emphasize the importance of the site and its interaction with the art within.The full photo gallery can be viewed after the break.

Desert Wing / Kendle Design

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Architects: Kendle Design
Location: , AZ, USA
Architect In Charge: Brent Kendle
Interiors: Jack Wozniak
Area: 8,300 sqft
Year: 2007
Photographs: Rick Brazil

July’s ABI Jumps Full Point, Indicates National Growth

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The July (ABI) has jumped to 52.7, up more than one full point from June’s 51.6, indicating “acceleration in the growth of design activity nationally.” As any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings, July’s score reflects an increase in demand for design services; this increase was seen most dramatically in the area of new projects, which jumped from 62.6 in June to 66.7 in July.

Despite the optimistic results, AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, noted the uneven nature of the growth, and warned that “it is premature to declare the entire sector has entered an expansion phase.”

More statistics from July’s ABI, after the break…

The “Open House”: From House to Theater in 90 Minutes

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“Open House” is artist Matthew Mazzotta‘s latest invention: a compact, faded pink house that unfolds into a ten-piece outdoor theater that seats nearly 100 people. Facing a raised earthen stage, it’s a public space made from the remnants of a privately owned blighted property. Reversing the loss of public space that the city of Alabama has experienced, Open House has transformed a wasted ruin of a house into an outdoor theatre open to various community events.

Request for Qualifications: MLK Jr. Memorial Library

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In honor and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, which took place August 28, 1963, the RFQ for architectural services for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library was officially launched today by the District of Columbia Public Library. Currently a Mies van der Rohe building, which is his only library and the only Mies building in D.C., people using the public library more than ever to seek assistance in navigating the complex networks of information available to them and in converting that information to knowledge for their personal needs (education, lifelong learning, enjoyment, jobs, business development, and so on).

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library will be a place for residents to explore, connect, create and engage. They seek an inspiring design for the library of the future that will accommodate great flexibility in library uses and in technology. The RFQ’s are due no later than September 23. A pre-proposal conference is also set to take place September 10. For more information, including the full RFQ document, please visit here.

308 Mulberry / Robert M. Gurney Architect

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Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect
Location: , DE, USA
Project Architect: Brian Tuskey
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie , Courtesy of

Networking/Happy Hour

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Taking place at the Daltile Design Gallery September 18th from 6:30pm-8:30pm EST, nycobaNOMA (New York Coalition of Black Architects & New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects) will present Networking/Happy Hour which includes a Design Talk with Mark Gardner, principal of Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects (J/GA). The award-winning New York City-based studio is know for their expertise in designing high-end commercial and residential buildings and interiors, furnishing and objects. Gardner will speak about the office’s current works, endeavors, and project installations. For more information, please visit here.

Brooklyn to Transform Canal Into “Sponge Park”

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One of the United States’ most polluted bodies of water is about to receive a much needed make-over: In early 2014, construction will begin on a pollution-preventing greenscape that will run alongside Brooklyn’s . The proposal, dubbed Sponge , was envisioned more than five years ago by Susannah Drake of dlandstudio and has just now “soaked up” enough funds to move forward.

The Olnick Spanu House / Alberto Campo Baeza

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Architects: Alberto Campo Baeza
Location: , NY, USA
Project Manager: Miguel Garcia-Quismondo
Area: 900 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Javier Callejas, Courtesy of

The Bloomberg Years: Reshaping New York

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Since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2001, the fabric of New City has been in constant flux. In just 12 years, Bloomberg has lead an effort to rezone 37 percent of the city to create opportunities for high-density growth, as well as aided the construction 40,000 new buildings and 450 miles of bike lanes. Putting these efforts in perspective, the New Times has released the interactive feature “Reshaping New York” that compares statistics with drastic ‘before and after’ comparisons. Check it out and read our report on Bloomberg’s lasting affect on the Empire State here.